Join the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS)!

A new society was recently formed with the aim of bringing together scholars working together to improve methods and practices in psychological science.  The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) is open to anyone interested in improving psychological research – we welcome people of all sub-disciplines, career stages, geographical regions, and levels of expertise with regard to research methods.
Our first meeting in June 2016 had 100 attendees, many of them early career researchers, who worked together to create various projects and voted to officially form a society.  We now have over 450 people on our mailing list, and would love to add anyone who is interested in getting involved or wants to be kept in the loop on SIPS projects.
To join our mailing list and view some of our ongoing projects (including PsyArXiv, the new psychology preprint server), visit the SIPS website.  You can also see the mission and values statement for more information about the goals of SIPS.  Finally, the next SIPS meeting will be held July 30 to August 1, 2017, in Charlottesville Virginia (USA).  Sign up for the mailing list to be kept up to date about the conference and other SIPS activities.
If you have any questions, please email

Institute for Brain and Behavior (iBBA) – Opening Symposium

Institute for Brain and Behavior (iBBA) – Opening Symposium

On May 23rd, the newly formed Institute for Brain and Behavior (iBBA) will hold its opening symposium in the auditorium of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The symposium will be chaired by prof. dr. Erik Scherder and promises an impressive line-up of speakers. The full program can be found below.

People who are interested in attending can register here.

Keep in mind that the registration deadline is May 1st and there is a first come first serve policy, as the space in the auditorium is limited.

North Sea Laterality Meeting 2016

North Sea Laterality 2016: The international meeting on lateralisation in brain and behaviour


Registration and abstract submission have opened for the North Sea Laterality conference, to be held on 1-3 September 2016 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

This conference follows up on the successful biannual series of the North Sea Meeting on Brain Asymmetry. Contributions may address functional lateralisation of brain and behaviour, developmental, physiological and neurobiological mechanisms, as well as ecological and evolutionary approaches. We welcome both oral and poster presentations.

For more information, to register and submit your abstract, please visit:

We hope to see you in Groningen!

On behalf of the organising committee,
Sanne Brederoo, University of Groningen

Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) Conference 2016: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Consortium of European Research on Emotion Conference 2016
July 67, 2016, Leiden, The Netherlands
The Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) is an informal organization promoting emotion research in Europe. In even-numbered years since 2004, CERE has organized a conference for scholars of all disciplines doing research and developing empirically relevant theory on the topic of emotion. Previous editions of the CERE conferences were great successes and took place in Amsterdam (2004), Louvain-La-Neuve (2006), Lille (2010), Canterbury (2012), and Berlin (2014).
In 2016, CERE will take place in Leiden (the Netherlands). Leiden is a university city since 1575 and houses Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands. The conference takes place at July 6-7 2016  in the main building of the Psychology Institute, easy accessible by train from Schiphol Airport (±20 minutes) and Amsterdam Central Station (±40 minutes).
Abstract submissions for symposia, open papers, and posters are open from 1st of February 2016 to 6th of March 2016. All abstracts must be written in English. The Scientific Committee will review all abstracts submitted and notice for acceptance will be send to the first author via e-mail in April 2016.
For abstract submission guidelines go to:
We hope to meet you in Leiden for CERE 2016!
On behalf of the organizers,
Wilco van Dijk
Leiden University


Brain and Mind

16 to 30 July 2016 (course starts Monday 18 July)

Course Content

How does the human mind work? We all know the brain is responsible, but what are the mechanisms involved? How do our minds become conscious, perceive, remember and make important decisions? This course provides you with a sound introduction to human cognition and how cognitive neuroscientists research it. Provided by the world-renowned Cognitive Psychology Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, topics include consciousness and perception, brain networks and neuropharmacology, working memory, attention and cognitive control. Moreover, we give you hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art tools and models used to investigate the functioning of the mind. This is your opportunity to plan and run a cognition experiment, measure eye gaze, analyse brain codes from MRI scans and interpret brain waves from EEGs. You will program your own computer task, analyse real data and present the findings. Finally, you look at the practical side. What are the implications of brain and mind studies for design, wayfinding, marketing, health, safety, security and the law? The course includes an excursion and assignment organized in collaboration with one of our design or industry partners in the Amsterdam area.

Who Should Join This Course?

Any student wanting a quick but thorough primer on cognitive neuroscience, a theme relevant in studies as wide-ranging as Law, Education, Communications and Economics, as well as in the exact sciences and computer science. The course will appeal both to undergraduates considering a Master’s degree in a related field and to postgraduate or even PhD students in other areas who are looking for a thorough introduction to the topic.

Course Information

Course level: Advanced Bachelor/Master
Lecturers: Prof. Christian Olivers, more to be announced
Contact hours: 50 (3 ECTS)
Tuition fee: € 1.150

Included in the tuition fee are:

  • Airport pick-up service
  • Orientation programme
  • Course excursions
  • On-site support
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Transcript of records after completion of the course

Discounts and Scholarships

Apply before 1 March and receive €100 early bird discount. Students from partner universities get €250 discount. The Amsterdam Summer School offers 10 scholarships of a full tuition fee waiver of one course.


Different housing options are available both on and off campus. Find out more online.

Amsterdam Summer School

The Amsterdam Summer School of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers small-scale courses (max. 25 participants) in a wide range of fields. Our courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-dept look at your topic of study. Besides the built-in course excursions we offer an extensive social programme.

+31 (0)20 5986429

Download the flyer in PDF format

Opening statement NVP-weblog

Dear members of the Dutch Psychonomic Society,

We are proud to introduce the NVP-weblog: an interactive platform, where members will be able to follow the news and announcements related to NVP, but also post opinions and discussions of recent research. We also welcome tutorials regarding tools developed by our members. We strive to create an  online community of members actively involved in the issues important to NVP.

This weblog replaces the journal of the society – ‘de Psychonoom’. For many years ‘de Psychonoom’, led by a small team of enthusiasts, has played an important role in informing the members about new developments in the society. We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to ‘de Psychonoom’ in the past and kept the quality high throughout the history.

The NVP board  felt that there was a need for a more interactive forum to exchange ideas between the members of  the society. The NVP blog is intended to fulfill this role. The NVP blog will have an editorial staff who will solicit contributions, but will also evaluate submissions by  the members. Each contribution will receive a DOI (digital object identifier), so it will be possible to  cite any  particular contribution. We strive to gain an indexation from Medline or Web of Science. Every two months, all contributions will be listed in an email newsletter distributed amongst our members.

So, have you recently received a prestigious grant? Have you published an interesting paper? Do you want to express your opinion about a hot topic? Will you soon defend your PhD thesis? Do not hesitate to submit your contribution at